Playschool seeks to expand into summer, create year-round program

Playschool seeks to expand into summer, create year-round program

March 20, 2024 The Cortes Playschool is currently exploring funding options to expand into a year-round program. In the past, the childcare facility has always mimicked the school year, closing operations through the summer months.  Offering a year round program would provide a stable source of childcare for working families that continue to work during the summer months, according to staff. Cora Moret is currently applying for funding to try to make the expansion happen. “We’re just carefully planning it so that we don’t disrupt the Playschool activity. So Playschool will stay consistent,” she said, describing the process. In 2022, the playschool successfully expanded its hours, days of operation, and range of ages it served. Moret hopes to continue expanding the hours available to provide full-time childcare Monday-Friday by September of this year. To hear more, listen to the CKTZ News...
School academy focuses on art and climate next semester

School academy focuses on art and climate next semester

March 19, 2024 Principal Michael Datura is looking to the next curriculum for Cortes Island Academy (CIA) and says that climate and art will be a central focus for the school’s third year, the 2024-25 semester. “Climate and art as to the interface between the arts and climate change,” Datura added. Datura reflected on the past semester, which culminated with a showcase at the end of January, noting the biodiversity project, where students created local forage-guidebooks for things like edible berries, mushrooms, and lichens. Listen to the CKTZ News Update about...
Ceremony with cacao expands to collaborate with Kirtan and Dance Temple

Ceremony with cacao expands to collaborate with Kirtan and Dance Temple

March 14, 2024 Tanya Krahn, local chocolatier, has been offering guidance through ceremonies with cacao for locals. Now she is collaborating with established local gatherings like Dance Temple and Kirtan. Within the ceremony, a circle of participants focuses on an intention, at a collaborative altar, and everyone drinks a cacao beverage. Krahn shares how her journey has evolved since Samhain. “It’s a beautiful combination… of ceremony and intention and then use the body in a form of celebration through dance…. I’ve also done a cacao in Kirtan evening, which is also very powerful because they combine the mantra, which means to vibrate the mind.” Krahn will be hosting a ceremony with cacao before the Dance Temple on March 22, marking the Spring Equinox. She noted that significant times in the calendar, like the Equinoxes, are especially effective moments for collective ceremony. To hear more, listen to the CKTZ News...
Cortes Food Bank releases annual report, shows sharp increase in need for food

Cortes Food Bank releases annual report, shows sharp increase in need for food

March 13, 2024 The Cortes Food Bank has released their annual report for 2023 over the weekend, which shows that it was a very successful year for the Cortes Island Food Bank, but also a highly challenging one. Over the final months of 2023, the Cortes Food Bank served an average of 80 clients per month, which is almost as many clients as in the whole of 2022: a 616 per cent increase year over year, according to the report. “We really ramped up promoting the food bank, and immediately we got a response of so many more people. And it was quite scary because we weren’t expecting that big of a rise,” says Filipe Figueira, coordinator and treasurer of the Cortes Food Bank. “The number of new clients needing help is increasing every single week – from every demographic,”Figueira added. Listen for more on the food bank’s year in...
Local author publishes book with islands’ geography “woven” in

Local author publishes book with islands’ geography “woven” in

March 12, 2024 Local author Iris Gildea has just published a new book. Gildea drafted “The Poetry of Belonging: Healing with the Language of the Wound” on Sointula in 2021 on a retreat and later finished the book on Cortes Island. Gildea explains that the local geography is “woven” into the book. Gildea shares the new book’s ability to show, “how poetry can open us up to understanding and engaging with our own experiences in a way that ordinary language can’t and the way that all arts can open us up to that.” The book was officially released March 1 and her publisher Mad and Crip Theology Press will be hosting a book launch in Toronto on April 3.  To hear more about the development of “The Poetry of Belonging,” listen to the CKTZ News...
“What We Heard” report released, detailing findings from the Cortes Housing Forum

“What We Heard” report released, detailing findings from the Cortes Housing Forum

March 8, 2024 Cortes residents want more housing but they want to do it in a thoughtful way, says Regional Director Mark Vonesh. That was among the conclusions of a recent report related to housing on the island. The Cortes Housing Society has released the “What We Heard” report, created from perspectives heard at the Cortes Island Housing Forum co-hosted with Regional Director Mark Vonesch on December 2nd 2023, and notes taken from the breakout groups held locally. Its purpose was to give a comprehensive view of the wide-ranging discussions that took place at the Cortes Island Housing Forum. The Cortes Island Housing Forum brought together over 100 Cortes islanders, both in-person and online, to address the island’s pressing housing issues. This report aims to capture the comprehensive discussions that unfolded during the forum, reflecting diverse viewpoints and proposed solutions. An online housing survey was also conducted by the Cortes Housing Society in partnership with Vonesch. Over 265 Cortes residents responded, which represents over 20% of Cortes’ year round...